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|Prashant Bhushan beaten up for his Kashmir comments|
Senior Supreme Court advocate and key Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan was beaten up in his chamber on Wednesday afternoon allegedly for his comments on Kashmir.
Prashant Bhushan was speaking to Times Now news channel when the two attackers barged into his office in the New Lawyers Chamber opposite the Supreme Court.
One of the attackers slapped, dragged and punched Bhushan repeatedly. The attacker pinned him down on the floor and kicked on his chest.
As the staff and others gathered, one of the two attackers managed to escape while the other was caught and handed over to the police.
The attackers entered Prashant Bhushan's office claiming that they had an appointment with him.
After the attack, Bhushan said it appeared that the men targeted him for his stand on Jammu and Kashmir.
"They were saying that I have made some comments on Kashmir to which they were taking objection. I have said that a referendum should be held in Kashmir," he said.
Delhi Police have registered a case and one person has been arrested.
Home minister P Chidambaram has condemned the attack on Prashant Bhushan. He said Delhi police was looking for the second attacker.
Activist Kiran Bedi called the attack shocking and shameful. "I am very distressed. But you got evidence, I think these people will be in jail for a long time now," she said in an interview to Times Now.
"It shows the amount of intolerance level we have reached. I don't know what they are him up for, but they don't know they are beating up such a good man who continues to work for the community day in and day out," Bedi said.
According to Times Now, the two attackers belong to Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena. The attackers told Times Now that they were provoked by Bhushan's comments on Kashmir.
Bhushan filed an FIR against the attackers. He has been taken to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital for check-up and treatment.
In an earlier interview, Prashant had reportedly said that the Kashmiri people should be given 'azadi' if they don't want to live with India. He had also reportedly recommended that withdrawl of Indian army from Kashmir.
(With inputs from PTI)